Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city
Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city
Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city
Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life
Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life
Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life
Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city
Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city
Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city
Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes? Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?
Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?
Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?
Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits
Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits
Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits

How can transportation demand management make public transit a better experience for riders?

In urban areas, public transit is the backbone of the region’s transportation network, as residences, job centers, and other transportation connections all locate around its major nodes. Public transit also provides the essential public good of mobility to people who could otherwise not afford a car or other expensive options.

In many major cities, however, transit systems are aging: vulnerable to breakdowns, lackluster service, and routes that don’t effectively serve residents’ needs. Getting buses, subways and trains to continue to compete with the personal car means improving the overall experience, making commuting easier, and fostering connections to other last-mile options.

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Inside the Planning of Baltimore’s Transit Overhaul

Transit in the Baltimore region as offered by the Maryland Transit Administration has essentially been an ongoing expansion project since the inception of streetcar services in the late 19th century.

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How Ridesharing Could Help Solve the Last-Mile Problem

A few months ago I wrote a post about Uber’s new “Smart Routes” feature and ended by saying that it’s not just taxis who need to be thinking about platforms like Uber, it’s also public transit authorities.

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What If We Sold Transit Fares Like Cell-Phone Minutes?

How many cell-phone minutes do you pay for in a month? Or gigabytes of data? Are you on a family plan? Do you get a group discount from work? What does this even have to do with transit?

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Recent Transit News

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city


March 9, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 2 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities. Part 1 examined public agencies reshaping their transportation priorities. Pinellas County, Fla., just west of Tampa Bay, is one of several local governments in the nation to essentially embed Uber and Lyft into the local transit system. Transit riders can… Read more »

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life


March 9, 2017    Adam Russell

Travel choices are a habit, and not just one for a day-to-day consideration. A new study by Michael Smart and Nicholas Klein found that people who lived near reliable transit options early in their lives, such as in their 20s and 30s, were more likely to choose transit later on. Writing on Planetizen, the authors… Read more »

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city


February 28, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 1 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities, examining how public agencies can reshape their priorities. Part 2 will detail how they can then move beyond conventional projects. Smartphone owners feel connected much of the time, for better or worse. But shouldn’t that be the goal for physical… Read more »

Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?

Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?


February 23, 2017    Adam Russell

SafeTrack surges in the past months have highlighted one of of the D.C. Metrorail system’s largest demand crunches: the Rosslyn tunnel bottleneck, where the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines converge to head east into downtown. This capacity issue has been exacerbated by the 2014 Silver line opening, and more recently by the current Blue line shutdown… Read more »

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits


February 21, 2017    Adam Russell

A new publication from the Association for Commuter Transportation, entitled “Getting to Work,” highlights the ways several forward-thinking employers are offering better commuting options to their employees. Each story offers a look at the unique transportation challenges major employers face – from parking crunches to time-consuming commutes – and which solutions have proven effective in addressing… Read more »

Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops

Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops


February 8, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Transit advocacy doesn’t have to move slowly through layers of bureaucracy: in Atlanta, advocates have been mobilizing to improve bus stops in their own neighborhoods. At TransportationCamp DC last month, representatives from the grassroots advocacy group MARTA Army shared their organizing model, which has been successful in creating tangible improvements for riders in the Atlanta… Read more »

To the Rockies and back without a car

To the Rockies and back without a car


February 6, 2017    Jana Lynott

A mother-and-son adventure in pursuit of a low-cost skiing vacation It started innocently enough: my teenage son begged for a ski trip to the Colorado mountains. His frugal mom decided to teach him how to save a few hundred bucks so he might be able to indulge his passion when on a college student’s budget…. Read more »

TransportationCamp DC 2017 shares perspectives on today’s (and tomorrow’s) mobility challenges

TransportationCamp DC 2017 shares perspectives on today’s (and tomorrow’s) mobility challenges


January 11, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

With the transportation landscape evolving quickly in recent years – new mobility options and growing support for transit and bicycling – decision-makers face greater opportunity and unpredictability in how they can utilize and react to such options. What should the role of private enterprise be in providing transportation services? How transit-oriented development should evolve with… Read more »

What does “mobility on demand” success look like?

What does “mobility on demand” success look like?


January 4, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

In October, the Federal Transit Administration announced the selection of 11 projects through its Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program. A piece of a broader move throughout the United States Department of Transportation, the $8 million funding program hopes to harness the potential of on-demand mobility options to make transportation systems more accessible and spur innovative… Read more »

How new technologies might complement Arlington’s transportation options

How new technologies might complement Arlington’s transportation options


December 8, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

Communities around the United States have begun to embrace non-driving transportation options as a key factor in standards of living. But with such rapid changes in technology, it can be difficult to predict how cities will adapt and what they will look like in the coming years. Emerging options like autonomous vehicles and smartphone innovations,… Read more »

WMATA’s SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans

WMATA’s SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans


November 29, 2016    Adam Russell

When transit passes are simple, flexible, and useful, the choice to take Metro or bus over other modes becomes that much more clear. In the D.C. region, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authorityhas been testing a pass structure that does just that, while encouraging extra rides that would essentially be free to passholders. The SelectPass… Read more »

When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them

When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them


November 23, 2016    Bryan Barnett-Woods

Capital Bikeshare can help get people to a Metro station when they live or work too far away to walk there. As a result, the region’s busiest bikeshare stations are next to Metro, especially outside of D.C. Although some people do use bikeshare as their primary mode of getting around the same way others use… Read more »